Update 7 - Our own bush-tucker's
From Çanakkale to Selçuk,
big cheery Gday Cobber from Tom Ptak aka Aussie Tom.
My part of this story started in Çanakkale where
I was fresh from a tour of the gallipoli peninsula and
I happened to bump into these three pommy lads who's
cycle tour coincided with mine. After the usual chit
chat and story swapping I decided to let these lads
ride with me (am I convincing you?). I am part way though
my Athens to Cairo spin and these boys trip has well
impressed me to say the least.
we all headed out of Canakkale together as a foursome
due south towards Izmir and finally Selçuk approximately
400 km south. Highlight of the day was our restaurant
for lunch. Not one for the faint hearted or for vegetarians
as halfway through our meal a truck arrived and unloaded
freshly slaughtered sheep carcasses, blood still dripping
from the necks and plonked them right next to our table.
Quality. Our camp that night fielded an unbelievable
view over the ruins of Assos (temple of Athena) and
the Greek island of Lesbos. Nice.
Tuesday was a standard 112km day of pedalling and Wednesday
we headed inland and over some testing hills towards
Bergama's Acropolis and ancient city of Pergamon. It
was nice to be off the main road and cycling through
forests even if it included some decent hills. The Ancient
city was amazing and fielded great views of the surrounding
countryside. Well worth the tough climb up to it.
was our stretch into Izmir. The roads were very built
up and busy and bad signage in Izmir made for loads
of stops and asking for directions from the locals.
Always great fun. Eventually made it to the highway
only to be turned back at the toll booths by Uzi wielding
police. We were escorted back to an alternative route
by a detective in his 'Bergarac' esque car. How helpful
they are. Eventually camped in a forest quite near the
air path approach to Izmir airport.
Friday was our final day on the road and a quick run
into Selçuk and a chance to get those rank clothes
washed, those rank bodies showered and a nice cold beer
into us. Good luck guys and I hope to see you in Goa
for new years for some HUGE partying on those golden
beaches. Look out for snakes, and as the crocodile hunter
says..... 'Whoah look at his eyes.........'
Aussie Tom Signing off.
Total distance to Selçuk: 4248km. Click here
to see the Progress Chart.